Calcified Tissue International

, Volume 51, Issue 3, pp 180–183

Ultrasound attenuation of the calcaneus in the female population: Normative data

  • John E. Damilakis
  • Emmanuel Dretakis
  • Nicholas C. Gourtsoyiannis
Clinical Investigations

DOI: 10.1007/BF00334544

Cite this article as:
Damilakis, J.E., Dretakis, E. & Gourtsoyiannis, N.C. Calcif Tissue Int (1992) 51: 180. doi:10.1007/BF00334544


Broadband ultrasound attenuation (BUA) on the os calcis has been proposed as a safe and reliable technique for evaluating skeleted status. The present study provides preliminary normative BUA results on 93 female subjects divided into five age groups. These data can be used as a guide for comparing the results of individual studies. The diagnosis of osteoporosis was determined from lateral calcaneus and spine radiographs. Postmenopausal osteoporotic female subjects had significantly lower BUA values than normal women (P <0.001). There was a significant negative linear relationship between BUA and age in the postmenopausal subjects. No correlation was found between body size pararneters (weight, height, and body mass index) and ultrasound attenuation. These results indicate that BUA may be a useful technique for detection of persons at risk.

Key words

Osteoporosis Bone density Ultrasound 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • John E. Damilakis
    • 1
  • Emmanuel Dretakis
    • 2
  • Nicholas C. Gourtsoyiannis
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Medical PhysicsUniversity of Crete, Medical SchoolIraklion, CreteGreece
  2. 2.Department of Orthopaedics and TraumatologyUniversity of Crete, Medical SchoolIraklion, CreteGreece
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyUniversity of Crete, Medical SchoolIraklion, CreteGreece